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Queen Elizabeth II okays 'upskirting' ban in England, Wales

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has given royal approval to a law that will make it illegal in England and Wales to take "upskirting" photos. The law will make it a criminal offense to take pictures under a person's clothes without permission.

It is the result of a campaign started by Gina Martin after a man placed a phone between her legs and took a picture of her at a London music festival in 2017. Martin said Tuesday the welcome change to the law was a "long time coming."

The bill had the backing of Prime Minister Theresa May, who praised campaigners who had advocated for a change in legislation. Lawbreakers risk being jailed for two years and being put on the sex offenders register. The law takes effect in April.

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